Jnane Tamsna

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Douar Abiad, Circuit de la Palmeraie, Marrakech, 40007, Morocco
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Costs 65% less than similarly rated 5 star hotels

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Marrakech to Sahara with guide

by nycgirl88

My husband & I are interested in hiring a guide from Marrakech to the Sahara.
I've seen many 3 night/4 day tours, but that is too long for us and we don't want to travel in a group.

Is it possible to do the following in 3 days/2nights?

- Atlas Mtns to Ouarzazate with a quick stop in Ait Benhaddou
- tea/visit with a local Berber family
- overnight in Oarzazate
- drive to the Sahara
- short camel ride to a bivouac for night #2

We are fine with a small riad on night one.

We don't need 4* hotels.
We do need 3 meals/day.

This would be the end of April, beginning of May. What is the temperature in the desert at night?

What would be the total expected cost for this trip for two people?
Where is our luggage while we are on the camels?

All input is appreciated. Thanks!

RE: Marrakech to Sahara with guide

by TheLongTone

Fitting all that in in three days will be a rush. Especially as you stipulate three squares a day; more days and less lounging around eating would be my advice. At night the desert gets COLD very quickly indeed.

RE: Marrakech to Sahara with guide

by mejor

I'd agree with the former report, desert trip requires 3 nights otheriwe you'll be driving most of the time. I'v done the trips a couple of times and is really long and tiring.
prices vary from travel agent to another. If you don't mind travelling with others the cheapest is Ali hotel. If you want a customised trip inclusive of full board and accommodation then it can easily reach 1200 dollars. ANd even then you don't knwo what the hotel looks like and what you'll be eating

Re: Marrakech to Sahara with guide

by lanegraarepa

I am correct in assuming you mean 1200$ american dollars per person? Are there no chaep desert trips that can be done in the country. I am planning a budget trip there, possibly alone. Can I not do a LOW cost "backpacker style" desert outing. Just wondering! =)

Re: Marrakech to Sahara with guide

by nycgirl88

Thank you all for your suggestions.

We did find that Omar at Cameltrekking.com has 2N/3D from Marrakech for 130Euros per person (for others who are interested). However, he is booked during our timeframe. With more research we are still finding comparable trips.

re: backpacking budget - I've seen trips to the desert in all price ranges. You'll definitely find something.

Re: Marrakech to Sahara with guide

by Irised_sky

I also looking for 3D/2N trip. from 15-17 May, we don't mind to join tour as only 2 of us. Any suggestion?

Re: Marrakech to Sahara with guide

by mejor

try sahara expedition

Re: Marrakech to Sahara with guide

by Irised_sky

thanks, I looked it up, but I found that the date doesn't match, and now we booked from this site http://www.hostelsclub.com/act-en-779.html

Re: Marrakech to Sahara with guide

by mejor

ho wmuch is the trip for 2? Is it all-inclusive( board , accommodation)

Re: Marrakech to Sahara with guide

by Irised_sky

from 84euro, share more than 6person, up to 169.18 Euro per person which is 2 person group. not include lunch and water, and sleeping for tent, but for the rest will be all included.

if you can match the time, try another option http://www.cameltrekking.com/Desert-Tours/marrakech-erg-chebbi.html
included everything!

have a nice trip

Re: Marrakech to Sahara with guide

by RachelBlech

Marrakech to Sahara is a VERY long drive over Atlas Mountains (stunning scenery and kasbahs). I suggest Day 1 - drive to Sahara and visit Ait Benhaddou on the way to Cheapish hotel in Ouarzazate. Day 2 reach Sahara and start camel trek in afternoon. Camp in desert overnight. Day 3 - camel trek back. Drive 4x4 to high dunes at Erg Chegaga. Camp there and sandboarding. Day 4 - drive back to Marrakech (at least 9 hours).
This can be arranged via agency I know in M'Hamid (end of the road beyond Zagora) - not sure of cost. Let me know if you want their details. RB

Travel Tips for Marrakesh

Traditional dress

by toonsarah

The traditional Moroccan dress for both men and women is this long hooded garment known as a djellaba. It seems very practical – the body is protected from weather and from the dirt of the street, and the hood can be pulled up to give warmth at the start and end of the day, or shade from the intense midday sun. Men mostly choose a neutral shade but we saw women in all sorts of bright colours such as blue, red and pink. If the garment has no hood it is not a djellaba but a kaftan. These are usually more decorated and worn for special occasions and celebrations. A djellaba could be used at home as a dressing gown and would make an unusual souvenir, as would a pretty kaftan.

Of course some women also choose to wear traditional Islamic clothing – to cover their heads, and sometimes to wear the veil or hijab, but we found this less common than in other Muslim countries we have visited and it appears to be left to personal preference, even among older women.

Peeping beneath the djellaba, on men at least (and sometimes women) are the traditional leather slippers, known as babouches (French) or balgha (Arabic). These are often in bright colours, most commonly yellow, and may have an exaggeratedly pointed toe. They too make popular souvenirs, but if buying in the souk do make sure they really are leather. We also saw a great selection at the Ensemble Artisanale (see Shopping tip) if haggling isn’t your thing.

Marrakech Airport

by barryg23

Marrakech airport is about 6km outside the city and the best way to get there is by taxi. Be warned, Moroccan taxi drivers are notorious for overcharging tourists. You should not pay more than about 50 Dh for the trip.

Djemaa El Fna square

by SWFC_Fan

The world famous Djemaa El Fna square is undoubtedly Marrakech's main tourist attraction.

This bustling square is listed by UNESCO as a "Masterpiece of World Heritage" and fully deserves this title.

It's hard to know where to start describing Djemaa El Fna, so the structure of this tip will reflect that of the square - a little bit disorganised and chaotic!

The square is a hive of activity by day and by night. During the day, the square is dominated by carts selling freshly squeezed orange juice, dried fruits, spices and nuts.

Crowds gather around snake charmers, acrobats, dancers, musicians and storytellers. Old ladies sit beneath umbrellas with syringes full of black henna, ready to tattoo any flesh in sight! Next to them, an elderly gentleman will offer to shine your shoes for just a few Dirhams, or tell your fortune if you prefer.

You steady yourself to take a photo, but just as you get your shot in focus, a young child somersaults in front of your camera and asks for "just one Dirham please mister", while somebody is tugging on your sleeve in an attempt to sell you a wooden toy snake.

Watch where you're pointing that camera! If the snake charmer (or the man with a monkey chained to his shoulder) thinks you're trying to photograph them, a demand for money will promptly follow. Men in traditional, colourful Moroccan dress will actively try to invade your photographs!

As you step to one side to avoid a man selling leather belts, a moped dashes past, narrowly avoiding a collision with the oncoming donkey that is pulling a cartload of tourists through the square.

By night, the aroma of grilled meats and spices fills the air. Crowds flock to the hundreds of food stalls for kebabs, seafood, snails or maybe a sheep's head. Beating drums and singing provide the background noise, while the smoke pluming from the food carts provides the atmosphere.

Stop by one of the carts selling hot ginseng and cinnamon tea, stand shoulder to shoulder with the locals watching the activity unfold around you!

Saadian Tombs

by iwys

The Saadian tombs were rediscovered following a French aerial survey in 1917. Sultan Moulay Ismail had sealed them up, in his attempt to erase all memories of the Saadian dynasty. The earliest tombs here date back to 1557. The first mausoleum you see when you enter is the one that houses the tomb of Sultan Ahmed el Mansour. Altogether the tombs of more than a hundred members of the Saadian royal family are located here. These are the people who used to live in the adjoining El Badi Palace.

Open daily 08.30-11.45 & 14.30-17.45

Admission: 10 DH.


by chihiro75

"Marrakech -- Third visit"

This was our 3rd visit to Marrakech and probably the nicest, even though it's a bit disappointing to see more and more tourists and how "clean and tidy" everything is getting. But the atmosphere is the same, the Place Djama El Fna day and night is still worth the visit, and the food everywhere, whether at the Place at night at the food stalls or food shops or at the Riad was quite good.

The Place Djama El Fna is so huge it's impossible to photograph. The fun thing about this place is that everybody seems to be doing whatever he/she wants wherever and whenever. Actually, it's quite tightly controlled, and there are plainclothes policement all over the place, but that's the impresion you get. The sheer size and activity of the Place makes it worth watching for hours, sipping mint tea -- we were never bored.


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 Jnane Tamsna

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Jnane Tamsna Hotel Marrakech

Address: Douar Abiad, Circuit de la Palmeraie, Marrakech, 40007, Morocco